Launch of the Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship – a pioneering initiative that gives legal professionals the opportunity to work as a civil servant within a low-income country government.
Developed by Oxford Policy Management and run in conjunction with the Law & Development Partnership, the Fellowship aims to improve policy outcomes for low income countries by providing governments with a source of specialist international legal expertise.
The programme, which launches today, offers successful applicants the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge within an international development context, working within the heart of government to influence policy decision-making processes.
Oxford Policy Management’s Kari Lipschutz, said: ‘we’re really excited to be launching this new programme. It’s right at the nexus of law, policy and development. We’re always looking for innovative ways to provide tailored support to governments, working with them to meet the needs they have identified. The Fellowship gives us the opportunity to do this in a whole new way. In the time we’ve spent talking to our Pilot country governments, it is already clear that Fellows will have the opportunity to make a real impact.’
Demand for fellowship posts is led by the host country governments themselves - ministries identify the capacity gaps that need filling and the type of candidate they would like to fill them. As a result, fellows could be working in any type of government department – from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Agriculture or the Central Bank – but always applying a valuable legal viewpoint to help enhance policymaking processes within a particular area.
The application period for the 2015 Pilot is now closed.